Virtoba X5 Elite VR Headset Review: Immersive VR for Under $30

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The Virtoba X5 Elite is a premium VR headset that leverages Google Cardboard technology whilst moving away from the “cardboard” part. Offering a massive 120 degree field of view, is it any good? Read my Virtoba X5 Elite VR Headset review to find out.

Thanks to Geekbuying for providing a sample to review. You can pick up the Virtoba X5 Elite from Geekbuying for around $27 at the time of writing. Use coupon “ZGWJJAQA” to get another $10 off!

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If you’re wanting the Virtoba X5 with built-in headphones, use coupon “ZDFWSHZE” to get it for only $24.99 via this link.

What’s in the Box?

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Inside the box, you get:

  • Virtoba X5 Elite VR Headset
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • English instruction manual

Virtoba X5 Elite Review: Design

The Virtoba Elite looks very similar to the popular Bobo VR Z4 if you removed the built-in headphones (If you want the headphones, the Virtoba X5 is basically an upgraded BoboVR Z4).

The unit is predominantly white plastic, with a transparent front panel. It really nails the whole futuristic VR look.

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The unit has large elastic straps to keep the VR headset mounted to your head. They’re fully adjustable so you can get the right fit.

Speaking of adjustments, there’s also a dial for adjusting the interpupillary distance (distance between your pupils) at the top, whilst the dials on the side adjust for myopia.

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The section that sits on your face has a comfortable leather-like material, which is far nicer than the cheap-feeling foam seen on the BoboVR Z4. It makes the whole unit feel much nicer.

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The front of the unit opens up to reveal the smartphone holder. It features adjustable guides to center the phone and a metal “spring” to keep your phone in place. It will fit most phones, however, the fit can be a little tight. My Samsung Galaxy S7 in its case was fine but I’d wager probably close to the limit.

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There’s also cutouts allowing you route headphone cables so you can easily add your own headphones for a far more immersive VR experience.

Lastly, Virtoba have included a handy button underneath the headset that touches your smartphone’s screen. This allows you to interact with VR apps without needing to add a separate controller. It’s a small feature but one that makes a massive difference.

Virtoba X5 Elite Review: Using It

Using the headset is just a matter of flooring up your favorite Google Cardboard app (check out a few of my favorites here), configuring the headset by snapping the QR code in the instruction manual and sliding your phone into the holder.

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The 120 degree field of view makes a massive difference to immersion, as you feel like you’re surrounded rather than watching a 3D image like other VR headsets.

The lense quality is excellent, providing minimal distortion and no other obvious artifacts such as chromatic aberration.

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The VR headset is pretty comfortable too. It never felt the weight of the headset was too much and didn’t have any issues with heat.

The built-in straps also did a good job of keeping the headset on my head, particularly during a few heated rounds of End Space VR.

Verdict

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The Virtoba X5 Elite is a great VR headset and probably my current pick of those based on Google Cardboard. It’s comfortable, well-made and it’s 120 degree field of view makes for an incredibly immersive VR experience.

If you’re wanting to play with VR without forking out $500+ on something like the Oculus Rift, I’d give the Virtoba X5 Elite a try.

Where to Buy the Virtoba X5 Elite?

The Virtoba X5 Elite is available from GeekBuying. They also stock the Virtoba X5 which features the same hardware with integrated headphones for a few dollars more.

Use coupon “ZGWJJAQA” to get another $10 off!

If you’re wanting the Virtoba X5 with built-in headphones, use coupon “ZDFWSHZE” to get it for only $24.99 via this link.

Check Price at Geekbuying

Alternatively, it’s available from Amazon.

  • Crimson Flare

    Great review that is to the point and accompanied by clear pictures of the headset.

    Picked up the Virtoba X5 (integrated headphones edition) using your GeekBuying link.

    I am really looking forward to trying the Virtoba X5 out with my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone!

    • Thanks for the kind words (and supporting the site!).

      The Virtoba X5 is currently my goto VR headset as the field-of-view is really the best available at the moment.